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Early Detection Saves Lives
Preventative screenings save thousands of lives every year. By detecting disease early, your care team can take action quickly to address medical concerns effectively. In addition, screening can help avoid costly intervention down the line and even prevent terminal disease.
We know life gets busy and it’s easy to put off taking care of yourself. Don’t delay. Now is an excellent time to put your health first. Work with your primary care physician to develop a preventative health screening plan for you.
There are certain preventative screenings that should be performed annually, while others are more age-specific and performed less often. Sharing your complete health history with your physician is critical to what screenings you should have, how often, and when to begin.
Here are general guidelines to help you stay on track.
Health Screening for Women
Did you know? Mammograms reduced breast cancer deaths by nearly 40%, and pap tests have prevented over 100,000 cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. since 1990. The medical needs of women are unique and differ from those of men. Reduce your risk by adding breast cancer and cervical cancer screening to your preventative plan.
- Mammogram –annually for women ages 50 and over.
- Breast exams –monthly self-exams and physician exams annually for women ages 40 and over.
- Pap Smear –annually for women ages 21 and over, or beginning after the onset of sexual activity. Pap test with HPV test every 3 years after age 30.
Learn more about the benefits of 3D mammography.
Meet the KSB mammography team.
Need to catch up with women’s health? Appointments for screening mammography can be made directly through KSB Central Scheduling. Call 815-284-5700.
Health Screening for Men
Did you know? About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Thanks to preventative screenings, more than 3 million men in the U.S. have survived a diagnosis. When an abdominal aortic aneurysm is detected early, it can be appropriately monitored and managed.
- Screenings begin at age 55. If you are at high risk for prostate cancer, you may begin at age 40.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
- Screening begins at age 65 for men who have ever smoked. Talk with your physician about when is right for you.
- Exams begin at age 18 and over.
Health Screenings for All Adults
There are certain screenings everyone should be mindful of scheduling. From diabetes and heart disease to various cancers, early detection not only gives you more treatment options but could also save your life.
- Low dose CT scan for current or former smokers starting at age 50.
- Screening can begin as early as age 40. With no prior family history, screening typically begins at age 50 every 10 years. Discuss with your physician when you should begin, screening frequency, and what type of screening is best for you.
- Bone density studies begin at age 65 for women. Men should discuss with their physician when is right for them. Frequency is every 2 to 5 years.
High Blood Pressure
- Blood pressure checks should be performed at every doctor visit starting at age 18.
- Cholesterol blood tests begin between ages 18 and 20. Frequency is typically every 5 years and will vary depending on health history, medications, and cardiac risk.
- Blood tests begin at age 40 every 3 years. The frequency may vary depending on certain health factors. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you.
- Check your skin often to examine for suspicious moles or lesions. Screenings begin as early as age 20, especially if you are at higher risk of skin cancer. Talk with your physician about how often a full-body skin check may be recommended for you.
Learn more about heart health and the calcium scoring exam.
Stay current with health screenings for better health and early disease detection.
Get a free PDF of our current recommendations. Schedule your screenings today by contacting your primary care physician or call 1-800-DOCTORS for provider referrals.